Back at the farm, the dog and I have been enjoying long evening walks though the buttercup-filled fields, spying deer and the occasional hare as well as the more usual rabbits. It has been quite energising!
It inspired me to paint my toenails yellow! Bizarrely reminiscent of emulsion paint, I nevertheless recommend "Cheeky Chops" from Butter London! No nasty chemicals.
Instead of collapsing on the sofa with my knitting of an evening, I have been doing some sewing, although there is nothing to show for it yet! My 1940's tea dress has proven to be rather labour-intensive in its preparatory stages.
There has been loads of basting to do! Each sleeve has six darts. The front panels are top-stitched onto the side fronts, so have to be tacked to keep them safely in place when it comes to machining. Pins would not be sufficent with this slippery fabric. I know it would annoy me if I was to "waste" my weekend on hand-stitching, so all of this work is hopefully setting me up for a speedy sew on Saturday.
I pounced on another 1940's blouse pattern (from ee baay in the UK) which I am rather excited about. Sorry about the craptastic photo from the listing, but you can probably make out the pleated shoulders and contrast centre front panel. It buttons down the back. Oh - and comes with an embroidery transfer too!
I am planning to make this up in the sandpiper print from Cloud 9. I reckon it would have a real seaside look if teamed up with some navy (linen?) sailor trousers.
And I might make another one in navy with white pin-dots, to wear with my granny's (plastic) pearls. Crikey - it's the beginnings of a capsule wardrobe!
Not that I have a pair of navy linen sailor trousers either... hmmm. (ETA: Sorry, the link kept crashing - they are from Joules) .
So it's all about the sunshine, the buttercups, the golden.